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  • Locations: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Program Terms: Winter Break
  • Budget Sheets: Winter Break
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter Break 2017-2018 10/15/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Adviser: Guthrie, Nancy
Program Director:
Luvaga, Ebby
Housing Options: Hotel/Tourist Lodging Cumulative GPA: 3
Language of Instruction: English Host Country Language: Arabic
Online Course Catalog Available: No
Iowa State
ISU Course:
ECON 496
Program Description:
Culture and Economic Diversification in The United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Program may be offered again over winter break in 2017-18.

The United Arab Emirates was founded in 1971 under the vision of the late founder Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al-Nahyan in which seven trucial states united to form one country. In the past 10 years, the UAE has evolved to become the third largest economy in the Middle East. More recently, the UAE has pushed for the movement away from dependency on oil through economic diversification and investments in other sectors such as manufacturing, tourism, trading.

Program Purpose:
To gain first-hand exposure to the emerging economy in the Middle East and the economic diversification in the UAE.

Students will gain exposure in the following areas:
1. Manufacturing
2. Tourism and Hospitality Management
3. Culture and Heritage
4. Media and Education

We are most grateful to the following companies for sponsoring this program:

TAWASUN, a holding company that oversees economic development; EMAL, Emirates Aluminum; CARACAL, pistol manufacturer; STRATA, a Mubadala Aerospace Company; UAEU, United Arab Emirates University; RTA, Roads & Transportation Authority; ADIA, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority; ADASI, the Abu Dhabi Authority for Systems Investments; and twofour54, a media & entertainment hub (the name refers to the geographic co-ordinates of Abu Dhabi - 24°north by 54°east).


The pre-departure course happens during the second-half of fall semester, starting in October. The class will meet TBD. For the course and program, students receive 2 credits of Economics 496.


The majority of the program will take place in Abu Dhabi, with two days in Dubai. Here is a tentative itinerary, to be firmed up prior to departure:

December 27 - depart from Des Moines International Airport in PM
December 28 - group arrival in Dubai at 9 PM

January 9 - return from Dubai at 11 PM
January 10 - arrival in the U.S., in Des Moines about 11 AM